The Centre has allotted practically 600 lakh tonne of foodgrains at no cost distribution underneath Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to supply reduction to ration card holders amid the pandemic, and out of this, 83 per cent grains had been lifted by states until September 15.
To ameliorate the hardships confronted by the poor and needy attributable to financial disruptions attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, the central authorities introduced PMGKAY final 12 months, an official assertion mentioned.
The Centre is offering an extra amount of 5 kg foodgrains per particular person per 30 days, freed from value, to greater than 80 crore beneficiaries over and above the conventional quota underneath Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
Initially, this extra free profit underneath PMGKAY was offered for a interval of three months (April-June 2020).
Nevertheless, with the disaster persevering with, the programme was prolonged for one more 5 months (July-November 2020).
After the onset of the second wave of the pandemic, PMGKAY was as soon as once more rolled out for a interval of two months (Could-June 2021) and was additional prolonged